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The Upper Room Devotional 21st January 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 21st January 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 21st January 2022


The Upper Room Daily Devotional For Today 21 January 2022To Love and to Laugh By Elizabeth Erlandson (Nebraska, USA)

TOPIC: To Love and to Laugh

Elizabeth Erlandson (Nebraska, USA)


John 4:4-26

KEY VERSE: Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” – John 4:10 (NIV)


When I was in my early twenties, a neighbor invited me to a church service. The pastor talked about the birth of Jesus, his death and resurrection, and how God wants a relationship with us. As part of the service, the ushers distributed slips of paper for the congregation to write down their prayer requests. I clearly remember mine: to love and to laugh.

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Loneliness and guilt had filled me with a crushing sense of unworthiness. Like the Samaritan woman in today’s reading, I had made choices that isolated me from my family and friends. And like her, I couldn’t imagine why Jesus would want to have anything to do with me.

Yet much to the surprise of the Samaritan woman, Jesus talked to her. Though they were strangers, he displayed intimate knowledge of her life and didn’t reject her. He offered her a most amazing gift — living water. Bursting with joy, she left her water jar at the well and hurried into town to share her good news. Her testimony was compelling because her spirit had been completely transformed.

The Upper Room Devotional 21st January 2022

In time, God transformed my life as well and led me to faith in Jesus Christ. And then, because God hears and answers prayer, God filled my life with love and laughter.


God can transform my life.


Heavenly Father, thank you for the good gifts you give us. Thank you especially for the gift of salvation through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Lonely young people

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The Upper Room Devotional 21st January 2022


Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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